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Recent Key West reviews

  • Perfection in Key West

    "We found this slice of paradise after our first visit to Key West! I sure wish we wound have discovered it before our first trip! The location is the BEST, off Duval Street to keep the noise down, but close enough ( 1 1/2 blocks), to allow an easy and short access to all the action. Walking distance from the best beach on the island! This is an upper unit so it has front and rear porches, and added privacy. 40 feet outside the front door is the private pool! Everything is maintained spectacularly and VERY clean! Owner was great to work with and very accommodating! We liked it so much we are going back again this year! I am quite sure we will be returning to this very spot for years to come!"
    Guest: JKL Date of Stay: April 2014 Review Submitted: January 28, 2015
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  • Best location! We loved every minute of our stay in Blue Lagoon!

    "We spent 10 glorious days in this wonderful home. The photos do not show many of the updates, and the home was extremely well equipped. Our daughters and their husbands were there for 5 nights, and we never once felt crowded. They rented bikes and rode everywhere! The last day, my husband and I borrowed the bikes, and we followed the bike trail around the entire island. We felt like kids again. We spent lots of time at Fort Zach, and made the short stroll to sunset every night. Nancy Hunt, the property manager, was very easy to reach, and went above and beyond to ensure our stay was everything we hoped for. We highly recommend Blue Lagoon, and hope to return!"
    Guest: Sharon Lewin C. Date of Stay: February 2015 Review Submitted: March 6, 2015
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  • Loved the Condo!

    "Beautiful Condo in a quiet tropical location. Mary is wonderful to work with and quick to respond to calls or E-mails. Everything you need and then some. Highly recommend."
    Guest: jeffery b. Date of Stay: January 2015 Review Submitted: April 1, 2015
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  • wonderful time at the shipyard

    "Third time staying at this condo....love the redecorating....condo was the cleanest its ever been...was stocked with everything we needed..beach towels,pots and pans, kitchen utensils,etc......love the fact that it had some newer patio furniture...and we love to sit on balcony and have breakfast while watching the street come alive...also we appreciate how close we are to duvall and the action yet feel safe walking back at night after having a few drinks...the only negative we have is we do feel like its time to replace matresses at the very least the queen and the queen bed needs to be off rollers....but we do love this condo we keep coming back..."
    Guest: robbydobby Date of Stay: January 2015 Review Submitted: January 27, 2015
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Key West Travel Tips

Key West is a veritable hot spot for literary icons, both today and in the past. This small Florida island was loved by the likes of playwright Tennessee Williams, and poets Robert Frost, Wallace Stevens and Shel Silverstein.

Today, beloved children’s author Judy Blume keeps a home here, and every January for more than 30 years, writers and readers from around the country gather at the high-profile Key West Literary Seminar - spread over two weekends - for lectures, readings, discussions, workshops and parties. The event has featured the likes of Joyce Carol Oates, Junot Diaz and Gore Vidal.

Key West should be high on the list of travel locations for any literary lover and creative soul because of its deep history in extraordinary American literature. Ernest Hemingway even kept a fabulous estate in Key West that today has been converted into a museum and bookstore. Visit the beautiful and historic Ernest Hemingway Home and then check out some of the writer's rumored favorite spots.

Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum

Hemingway’s stately, olive-shuttered two-story cottage at 907 Whitehead Street in Old Town Key West is no doubt a visitor favorite. If you’re a die-hard Hemingway fan, you’ll have to brave the crowds and come here.

The home was built in 1851 from limestone excavated from the exact land upon which it is built. Hemingway bought and lived in the estate from 1931 until 1940 with his wife and kids before he left for Cuba. This spectacular estate, which includes a rear guesthouse and is surrounded by elegant gardens and rustling palms, is still the largest residential property in Key West.

You might be surprised to see that the beds are made in full linens and the home looks recently lived in - it’s as if the family just stepped out for lunch and will be home shortly. Here are the highlights you should take note of inside and around Hemingway’s marvelous estate:

The Ritzy Pool

A pool this large - or any pool at all - in 1930s Key West was a luxury. To fill it, construction workers had to drill to the salt-water table deep in the ground and install a water pump. Hemingway’s wife - Pauline - had the costly pool built as a surprise for Hemingway while he was in Spain in 1938 working as a correspondent during the Spanish Civil War.

The Happy Cats

Hemingway’s six-toed cats - or polydactyls - are legendary. Recently uncovered letters from Hemingway to a friend explain just how sad he was at the loss of one of his cats - Willie. The Hemingway Home and Museum curators maintain that each of the 40 to 50 cats on the grounds is a direct descendant of Hemingway’s first cat, a white polydactyl named Snowball (Though they don’t all have six toes on each paw, all are said to carry the gene for polydactyly). The cats living here are very friendly and many will actually pose for pictures. They’re all vetted and well-taken care of - not your average strays!

The Lush Gardens

The Hemingway House gardens are stunning, featuring a vibrant array of tropical flowers - shrimp plants, heliconia, bleeding hearts and the funky looking pelican flower - and banana, Barbados cherry, papaya and Spanish lime trees, among many others.

Other Literary Tour Stops

410 Caroline Street is Jessie Porter’s home - a fifth-generation Key Wester - who was good friends with Robert Frost. He spent several winters in the cottage in Porter’s backyard. The site used to be the Heritage House Museum, though it has been closed since 2010. If you want to see things the iconic Frost saw, at least take a stroll past the home!

Green Parrot Bar and Sloppy Joe’s Bar are rumored to be hangouts of Hemingway and his friends like Wallace Stevens.

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